Legendary adult performer Jenna Jameson made a name for herself in the porn industry and became known as the Queen of Porn. Easily one of the most famous porn stars of all time, Jenna grew up in Las Vegas where her father worked as a cop and her mother a showgirl in one of the many casinos in the city. She appeared in her first adult film in 1993 and went on to star in over 160 XXX films in her storied adult career. The retired porn star, entrepreneur, and Celebrity Big Brother housemate has no doubt amassed a cool amount of money throughout her career, but what is she really worth today? That’s what you will find out and more about the minted adult performer if you continue reading this article. But first:
Who is Jenna Jameson?
She was born Jenna Massoli on April 9, 1974, in Las Vegas, Nevada and is of American Italian heritage. The blue-eyed brunette famously dyed her hair blonde for most of her porn career and practically rose from obscurity to the pinnacle of the adult entertainment industry. But where did it all begin?
Jameson actually started off as a dancer at some of the strip clubs in Las Vegas even before she was 18. She was making thousands of dollars in that endeavor while she was still in high school. She then tried her hand in glamour modeling, making appearances in dozens of men’s magazines including Penthouse, Hustler, and Cheri among many others. Her glamour modeling career didn’t quite take off as she would have hoped and in 1993, she made the jump into adult entertainment when she was invited to look in on a set of a film under production. After watching her friends in action, she decided that getting naked in front of a camera was the best choice for her personally and was soon signed by leading studio Wicked Pictures where she made around $24,000 for several films. Needless to say, that was far from a pocket change in the early 90s.
Her porn films started to gain popularity and won all three major New Starlet of the Year awards from AVN, XRCO, and FOXE. She has gone ahead to be nominated for major honors 17 times, winning a whopping 14 times. In 1997, she landed a role in “Howard Stern: Private Parts” where she played Mandy, who was billed “First Nude Woman on Radio.” She went ahead to make over 30 appearances with Howard throughout the years, appearing in many of his various television and radio programs throughout the 90s. However, she made her own luck as she would mail photos to Howard hoping that she would get an interview. It is one the many examples of her steely determination to be successful, and clearly, fame and fortune didn’t just come on their own.
In 2000, Jenna formed her own porn company- ClubJenna with her husband and was actually one of the first XXX sites to offer more than just videos and pictures, with subscribed members also getting access to explicit personal diaries of models and relationship advice among other extras. The first scene by her company was titled “Brianna Loves Jenna” and was released in 2001. It featured Jenna herself and fellow porn star Briana Banks. It brought her a cool $1 million and underlined her popularity with porn lovers. The movie won Best Selling and Best Renting movie at the 2002 AVN awards.
Her company went on to make close to $30 million in about a year. She didn’t get the ‘Queen of Porn’ tag for nothing as she is one of the most famous porn stars in the modern era. Her work speaks for itself. As of 2018, she was estimated to be worth between $10 million and $20 million. It’s not actually a surprise that she is that minted, seeing that she is her own brand. She also released her own perfume called Heartbreaker in 2009 and continues to rake in big bucks from her numerous entrepreneurial endeavors.
What else is she famous for?
Besides her colorful career in the porn industry, Jenna has also made many appearances in TV programs and mainstream movies. Apart from appearing in Howard Stern’s 1997 film Private Part, she also starred in horror film Samhain. You may also have seen her in television shows such as “Wild On!”, music videos like “Without Me” by Eminem and popular games like “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.” She also released an autobiography: How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: a Cautionary Tale, a highly lucrative venture for her. For context, the book spent six weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List.
Jenna Jameson is now concentrating on raising her three kids and recently converted to Judaism with husband, Lior Bitton. She has appeared to distance herself from the adult industry, and for those wondering, you might not see her in front of the camera again. However, you might be jerking off to a porn movie she has directed as she is now into directing. She continues to mint millions more than a decade after she made her foray into adult entertainment. Now that’s balling!